setpoint theory

set·point the·o·ry

(set'poynt thē'ŏr-ē)
A hypothesized genetically determined level of body weight controlled by the hypothalamus that varies from person to person. Only exercise and drugs have been shown to alter (lower) the setpoint.
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"There's plenty of good evidence for the adipose setpoint theory, which says that your genetics pre-program you to store a certain amount of fat.